Orville Cecil Sandall (“Joe”)

Date of Birth

July 4, 1939

Date of Death

February 20, 2023

City of Death

Encinitas, CA

Orville Cecil Sandall, or “Joe” as he was affectionally called by friends and family, was born in Cupar, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was the son of William and Emma Maude Sandall. During his younger years, growing up in rural Canada, Orville was a standout athlete. He played many sports including hockey, baseball, curling, and boxing. He also participated in track and field events.

When he wasn’t participating in sports, Joe was focusing on his studies. He attended the University of Alberta where he received his BS and MS degrees. After attending the University of Alberta, he emigrated to the United States to attend the University of California, Berkeley. It was at Cal where he received his PhD in Chemical Engineering and decided to pursue a career as a Professor. Upon graduating, he was immediately hired as one of the first Professors of the newly created Chemical Engineering Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He taught at UCSB for over forty years. He had many accomplishments over the years while teaching, however, he was most proud of being named Professor of The Year in the Chem E. Department.

It was at UCSB where he met his wife, Patricia Sullivan. They had four children, Erin, Shannon, Brendan, and Colleen. They were married for 49 years before he passed away.

Joe will also be remembered as a member of Saint Barbara Parish, where he served in several ministries there. His devotion to his faith led him to volunteer his time to many organizations in the Santa Barbara community. He also spent time volunteering as a Chaplin at the County Jail in Santa Barbara.

Most of all, Joe will be remembered as an avid story teller and public speaker. He looked forward to, and loved sharing his many stories with friends and family. His stories will be missed tremendously by all those who loved him.

Joe is survived by his wife, Patrica, his four children Erin (Jose), Shannon (Max), Brendan (Kellye), Colleen (Mathew), his three grandchildren, Luna, Joaquin, Luke, and his two Rottweilers Decker and Minna.

A funeral Mass will be held at the Old Mission Santa Barbara on March 11, 2023 at 11:00 AM.


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